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    Somewhat OT... Mountain hiking boots?

    I'm not sure where to post this, but its mountain-related, so I'll try here.




    Anyway, winter is rolling around, and I need a pair of really good rugged hiking boots.

    They'd need to be water proof, warm, good treads, etc etc for the sort of conditions you incounter on rough trails.


    Anyone have suggestions? I don't want some gimmicky trail wear that doesn't provide the needed performance.



    Mods, move this thread and demote me to "dumb-bum" if it is in the wrong place.

    Thanks everyone.
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    O.K mountain biking and mountain hiking are different. I would not reccomend wearing proper hiking boots on a bike the sole's and ankle support are far to stiff to give to give you proper control. You could wear cross terain boots on flat pedals fairly comfortably though.
    You will want a 3 season boot for cold winters or get a 2/3 seaon boot and use thicker socks, they will need Gore-Tex to be water proof or an alternative like Sympatex which is cheaper, and Vibram make some of the best sole's. Any boots with this feature list especialy Gore-Tex/XCR should be good for what you need.
    Look out for brands like Meindl, Brasher and Scarpa I have Meindl boots which are very nice but can be expensive although they could and should last you a lifetime, Meindl is German by the way!
    Proper hiking boots are nice but you'd have to be a serious terrain hiker to use them properly (and that means terrain you could not possibly touch with a bike) the sole's are very stiff and the ankle support very firm.
    Have a look at Meindl's multi terrain hiking boots http://www.meindl.de/deutsch/modelle/index.asp?k_ID=2
    I have the Men's Magic 2 XCR which I find comfortable on a bike and for all type's of walking although this is more of a shoe, the 6.0 Men Mid GTX is a good boot.
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    Unless you're doing actual mountaineering type stuff, just get a good pair of trail running shoes and some Gore-Tex/SealSkinz socks. Thats what most Adventure Racers and AT thru-hikers go with anywho.

    If wide feet aren't a concern North Face makes a good line of footwear. I've also got a pair of Lowa mountaineering boots, and they're very good. As Evo said, just do the check for Vibram soles and Gore-Tex. If they have those key parts and fit right, chances are you'll be satisfied with them.

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    Lightweight hiking boots are std equipment for many winter riders, esp in wet muddy conditions. Ive ridden with Danner Mountainlights, they are a bit bulky but eh 1-piece construction is tough. Ive also used Timberline leather trail shoes, but these are too low for really gloopy conditions.
    You can use toe-clips or powerstraps.

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    Quote Originally Posted by JasBike
    I'm not sure where to post this, but its mountain-related, so I'll try here.




    Anyway, winter is rolling around, and I need a pair of really good rugged hiking boots.

    They'd need to be water proof, warm, good treads, etc etc for the sort of conditions you incounter on rough trails.


    Anyone have suggestions? I don't want some gimmicky trail wear that doesn't provide the needed performance.



    Mods, move this thread and demote me to "dumb-bum" if it is in the wrong place.

    Thanks everyone.
    As a wilderness guide, I earn my living in hiking boots. The most important advice I would give is just like biking...Buy what fits! Don't get stuck on a certain brand. Boot makers all make their boots for a different shape of foot. You have to find the boot for your foot shape. Go to a good outdoor/boot store. Wear the sock combo that you'll be hiking in to the store. If they don't immediately size your foot, go somewhere else. They should take however much time is necessary to find the boot that is right for you. A proper boot should feel good in the store. Don't count on a boot "breaking in" to your foot. Nothing takes the fun out of hiking faster than ill fitting boots!

    Personally, I like a midweight all leather boot. Fabric/leather boots don't tend to be as waterproof, even if they do have a goretex booty. They also won't last as long. I also tend to stay away from goretex. I don't think it works that well in boots, adds to the price, cuts down on breathability, and makes them hot to wear. The last point may be a bonus if you're using them in winter. Leather will need some type of dressing to keep it from drying out. I find biwell or nikwax works well. Not only will they protect the leather, they will also make your boots waterproof.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Evo
    O.K mountain biking and mountain hiking are different. I would not reccomend wearing proper hiking boots on a bike the sole's and ankle support are far to stiff to give to give you proper control. You could wear cross terain boots on flat pedals fairly comfortably though.
    You will want a 3 season boot for cold winters or get a 2/3 seaon boot and use thicker socks, they will need Gore-Tex to be water proof or an alternative like Sympatex which is a cheaper alternative, and Vibram make some of the best sole's any boots with this feature list especialy Gore-Tex/XCR should be good for what you need.
    Look out for brands like Meindl, Brasher and Scarpa I have Meindl boots which are very nice but can be expensive although they could and should last you a lifetime, Meindl is German by the way!
    Proper hiking boots are nice but you'd have to be a serious terrain hiker to use them properly (and that means terrain you could not possibly touch with a bike) the sole's are very stiff and the ankle support very firm.
    Have a look at Meindl's multi terrain hiking boots http://www.meindl.de/deutsch/modelle/index.asp?k_ID=2
    I have the Men's Magic 2 XCR which I find comfortable on a bike and for all type's of walking although this is more of a shoe, the 6.0 Men Mid GTX is a good boot.

    Maybe I didn't post very clearly, but yea, these boots would be for hiking, not riding.

    Thanks for the reccomendations everyone!
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    I agree with what YellowstoneYeti said, and whoever mentioned the lighter weight trail runners. Consider what type of hiking you will be doing before chosing, how heavy a load you will carrying with you etc. I switch between a pair of north face trail runners and Asolo boots that I use for backpacking. Just like with bikes, test different brands out, find what you like, remember that if you're doing any kind of extended trip you will be basically living in these boots. As a shameless plug, check out Backpacker magazines buyers guides and reviews, and backcountrystore.com has some good deals at times. No, I don't work for either company.

    Glad to see there are some other hikers on this board.

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    The comment about biking and hiking was just me being stupid. Also I was'nt sure if you were going to wear them on your bike or not, cause I would still not want to wear mountaineering or heavy hiking boots on a bike personally. The Meindl range I suggested are all round boots that you could comfortably use in all but the most extreme conditions, I have 2 types of boots all leather heavy boots and the Meindls. It depends on how serious your hiking is, yellowstone cover'd the serious side of things, and I totally agree with his comments on fitting and waterproofing (apart from gore-tex), when I hike in wet condition's I use all leather boots with nikwax.

    I like gore-tex and nearly all 3 season hiking boots use it, all waterproof linings I know of will always tend to hold in a certain amount of moisture, the use of proper hiking socks will help to move that moisture away. Its true you don't really need gore-tex with a decent all leather boot it just that I could'nt find a 3 season pair without it.

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